Genevieve Herndon Wells, 86, a Democrat who was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Montgomery County from 1942 to 1946, died of cancer Saturday at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.

In 1946, she was named as the first woman member of the Legislative Council in Maryland.

Mrs. Wells had been president of the Montgomery County Women's Democratic Club and president of the State Womens Democratic Club.

She worked as an administrative assistant at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's Silver Spring office from 1947 to 1955.

She had been president of the Women's Club of Woodside, the Business and Professional Women's Club of Silver Spring. She was a member of the board of Montgomery General Hospital.

Mrs. Wells was born in Frankfort, Ky., and came to Washington during World War I. She worked as a secretary on Capitol Hill before moving to Montgomery County in 1926.

She was active in the Red Cross and served for a time as executive secretary of Montgomery County Civilian Defense during World War II. She later served as a commissioner for the Montgomery County Liquor Licensing Board.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Andrew, of the home in Olney; a son, David H., of Silver Spring, and four grandchildren.